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    #1

    Br or Am English

    1. He said, "I want to go home."

    2. He said: "I want to go home."

    Is #1 with the comma BrE, and #2 with the colon AmE?

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    #2

    Re: Br or Am English

    I don't think you can classify either one as strictly BE or AmE.
    However, this use of the colon seems more British than American to me.


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    #3

    Re: Br or Am English

    I think the colon is something that is creeping in. It is certainly not normal usage in Britain.


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    Re: Br or Am English

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I think the colon is something that is creeping in. It is certainly not normal usage in Britain.
    I would agree with that. All my style guides say quoted speech should be offset with a comma.

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    #5

    Re: Br or Am English

    I agree with both of you. My punctuation books also say the same thing. But our local newspapers use the colon all the time. That's why I wanted to be sure about the matter.

    Many thanks for your reply.

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